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Coatings: The skin of plastic matter
By Adolfo Benedito
In a risky analogy, we might say that coatings in plastics play the role of human skin. The first bastion defending the material, coatings are an added value that aim to both protect from the outside and to provide the material with unique and exclusive functionalities. Plastics and their coatings belong, therefore, to a complex and unique system with significantly enhanced properties compared to the original material.
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Radar absorbing composites reinforced with barium hexaferrite powder
SPE Plastics Research Online
Radar is an object-detection system that uses electromagnetic waves to identify the range, altitude, direction, and speed of objects. A strategy for disguising objects from radar detection involves applying a coating of radar absorbing material. The earliest forms of radar absorbing materials, called "Sumpf" and "Schornsteinfeger," were developed during World War II for periscopes on German submarines. The materials had a layered structure based on graphite particles and other semiconductive materials embedded in a rubber matrix.
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    PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS

    Dow adjusts Propylene Oxide production in North America
    Plastics Engineering
    Dow announced that it will adjust its Propylene Oxide operating rate in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, due to current economic conditions. This measure will result in the Company running PO production at reduced throughput and concentrating the use and supply of PO on specific markets.
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    CPIA, SPI and ACC welcome PAC as first supporter member of operation clean sweep
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    The board of directors of the Packaging Association and the leaders of their PAC NEXT initiative announced the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding to begin promoting Operation Clean Sweep to resin pellet handling operations within their membership. Originated by the Society of Plastics Inc. (SPI) more than 25 years ago, OCS is now a joint program of SPI and the American Chemistry Council and is licensed to the Canadian Plastics Industry Association to administer and promote in Canada.
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    Coatings: The skin of plastic matter
    By Adolfo Benedito
    In a risky analogy, we might say that coatings in plastics play the role of human skin. The first bastion defending the material, coatings are an added value that aim to both protect from the outside and to provide the material with unique and exclusive functionalities.

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    Turning vapors into foam-like polymer coatings
    The Almagest
    Polymers — the essential component of plastics — are found in countless commercial, medical, and industrial products. Polymers that are porous are called foam polymers and are especially useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties...

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    PP foam part honored with SPE award
    Plastics Today
    Plastic automotive components that received prizes at the 2013 SPE European Automotive Division Award ceremony for the Body Interior category included an innovative center console to which BASF had made a key contribution with its materials expertise in Neopolen polypropylene...

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    European plastics 'set to change'
    Recycling International
    The odds for plastics recycling in Europe are slowly but surely improving, with an average of 26 percent of plastic waste recycled across the continent. "Also, we know there is already a plan to implement a landfill ban in Poland. So, even in countries like that, things are set to change," said Martin Engelman, Plastics Europe's resource efficiency director at this year's edition of Identiplast.
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    Converting recycled plastics into disease-fighting nanofibers
    Phys.Org
    Researchers from IBM and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have made a nanomedicine breakthrough in which they converted common plastic materials like polyethylene terephthalate into non-toxic and biocompatible materials designed to specifically target and attack fungal infections. This research was published recently in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Communications.
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    Concept car features extensive use of bio-based materials
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    The Biofore concept car, a joint effort by UPM (Helsinki, Finland) and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, is to premiere at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, 6-16 March, 2014. The unique concept car is designed to be a futuristic, street-legal vehicle which demonstrates the use of renewable biomaterials in the automotive industry.
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    Are plastics the new natural gas?
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    Yiannis Lev­endis, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering at North­eastern, keeps a pho­to­graph of a burning plastic foam cup tacked to the wall above his desk. Thick black smoke emanates from the recep­tacle, which, sub­se­quent pic­tures reveal, was reduced to a sooty powder by the end of the com­bus­tion process. The photo rep­re­sents a mis­sion for Lev­endis, whose exper­tise in com­bus­tion and device design has led to the devel­op­ment of dozens of clean energy products.
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  • Macro Plastics unveils hybrid plastic-wood bin
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    Macro Plastics used the Northwest Horticultural Expo to introduce the Hybrid 44 bin that combines the best attributes of wood and plastic. "This is the biggest change in bins in 20 years," said Bruce Hale, international sales manager. He said he first came up with the concept more than a year and a half ago as a way to allow the Fairfield, Calif.-based company to better compete on price with wooden bins.
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    Additive manufacturing gets Asian boost
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    Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research has launched the Industrial Additive Manufacturing Programme to develop a number of critical technologies in order to grow an internationally competitive additive manufacturing industry in support of the manufacturing sector in the country. Particular focuses include aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, marine and precision engineering industries.
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    WTO deal to ease plastic imports
    Plastics and Rubber Weekly
    The World Trade Organization has struck a global deal that should ease import and customs procedures that can hold up the delivery of plastics, raw materials and plastic products to export customers. The agreement on trade facilitation was agreed by a WTO ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia.
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    $42-million contract for Axion Recycled Plastics
    Canadian Manufacturing
    In a major deal adding $42-million of new revenues, AXION International Holdings, Inc., a leader in recycled plastic and plastic composite, has announced its subsidiary, AXION Recycled Plastics Incorporated, has signed a three-year contract to provide recycled materials to a major thermoplastics company. The contract is renewable in 12-month increments.
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